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Burns Block

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1913. Keawe and Kalakaua sts.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Discussions in the county government of establishing a fire district ordinance requiring masonry construction in the commercial core of Hilo prompted the erection of this frame two-story commercial building by Judge W. S. Wise. With the passage of the ordinance, its bracketed cornice and shiplap siding, typical of many turn-of-the-twentieth-century structures here, signaled the end of an era. Initially the building housed three stores on the ground floor and a hotel on the second. In 1927, the second floor was converted into professional office use.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Burns Block", [Hilo, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 267-267.

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